We've seen the prototypes and heard the speculation for
years now, but here we have it, the world's first solar
cell phone, and you can buy one right now...if you happen
to live in China.
HiTech Wealth telecommunications has just begun selling
the S116 and the specs are pretty impressive. However,
the pricetag will have you wondering why you don't
just get an iPhone. A 1.3 mpx camera, and an MP3 player
are fairly standard additions to cell phones these days,
but the solar panels do make this guy stand out.
The panels trickle-charge the battery in any amount of
light, including indoors (or even by candlelight), and
the battery life is 2.5 times longer than it would be
without the panels. An hour of direct sunlight will give
users 40 extra minutes of talk time.
While this first model is pretty exciting, HiTech Wealth
will be releasing six more solar phones within the year
and has promised 30 solar models before 2009.
Via Inhabitat and Xinhua News